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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby schinnas » 12 Mar 2020 17:46

I am not sure how much to go by the 150 year inflation adjusted crude oil price. Price of any commodity changes by supply and demand dynamics and not static. For static commodities, purely going by inflation from some sensible early date might make sense.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby John » 13 Mar 2020 09:43

Reports that a Iranian militia HQ has been destroyed In Iraq, multiple weapon depots hit and heavy casualty (dozens of ambulances were seen heading to Iraqi border from Iran). Also top Iranian rep guard commander Siamand is dead, are they this incompetent after rocket strike why are they still waiting in Iraq rather than heading back to Iran?

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Postby Philip » 17 Mar 2020 05:24

The power vacuum in Iraq,thanks to the asinine US/UK led invasion that deposed " secular" Saddam,saw the pro-Iranian Shiites in Iraq ,majority of the population, flex their muscles in the aftermath. I remember a top BBC scribe fawningly interview the then Saudi crown prince before the invasion,who said,"one may invade and get rid of Saddam, but is there any plan afterwards as to who will rule Iraq?"

The deposed Iraqi military were never factored in by the conquerors of Baghdad ,who thought that by orchestrating the topplingbof statues of Saddam and hanging him high by a kangaroo court,wild west style, would suffice. The US/ West thought they could then steal Iraq's oil,part of the masterplan, never dreaming of the insurgency that included many from Saddam's army who bogged them down post invasion .An on-off policy towards the Kurds, mortal fnemies of Saddam who wanted thrir own state, betraying them at will saw the emergence of a rabid anti- western front of Islamic fundoos along with Al Q that morphed into ISIS.

That bestial entity was encouraged by the Saudis,Gulfies and US to topple Assad in Syria! " Go west,ISIS ,go west!" was the mantra.

Regime change was the name of the game. We know what happened afterwards, the failure to defeat the cancer of ISIS whose influence spread into Europe, the Russian intervention along with the Iranian backed militias on the ground that with the Syrian army finally took ISIS to the cleaners,the remnants holed in the last bastion at Idlib. The Iranians under the late Gen.QS ,had brilliantly established a chain of influence on the ground from Iran,through Iraq into Syria and Lebanon. To save the souls of ISIS, the reactionary players are attempting to destroy the RG and pro- Iranian Iraqi militia leadership. Turkey and the Ottoman pretender are in the plot too,he also looking to fill the vacuum and regain a lost empire that " Orenz of Arabia" helped bury in the sand a century ago! Iranian logistics are a bit stretched,so the forces of eviltude,Saudi backed ,desperate to get rich again, are attempting to KO the Iranian leadership LTTE style.

With the Ottoman pretender throwing his fez into the ting, the agony of W.Asia has been dxtended for "God only knows" how long.

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Postby Gyan » 17 Mar 2020 12:52

Iraq insurgency was started by Saudis to prevent a stable Shia democratic Govt

Qatar added fire to Iraq & Syria to prevent Alwadi stable Govt in Syria

Both are Sunni Insurgencies to stop democracy & keep Oil prices High

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby Vikas » 18 Mar 2020 18:37

Question is - Are Iraqis today better off without the stifling rule of Saddam or not ? Rest all will be footnote in the history books languishing in some dusty library.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby Gerard » 30 Apr 2020 23:09

UAE doing too little to stem terrorist financing, says watchdog
The U.S.-allied Gulf state, which includes the region's financial and commercial center Dubai, will now be put under a year-long observation by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

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Postby Lisa » 30 Apr 2020 23:26

Vikas wrote:Question is - Are Iraqis today better off without the stifling rule of Saddam or not ? Rest all will be footnote in the history books languishing in some dusty library.


Be careful what you write. It could be said to apply to many different nations under many different oppressors. Just because brutality delivers stability does not justify it or its continuation. Every nations majority deserves to govern itself.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby IndraD » 08 May 2020 03:34

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/featur ... -the-Emir-

coup rumours in Qatar, Iran & Turkey intelligence on their roads?

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Postby Aditya_V » 08 May 2020 10:57

IndraD wrote:https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2020/05/07/After-bizarre-coup-rumors-is-Qatar-s-ex-PM-plotting-against-the-Emir-

coup rumours in Qatar, Iran & Turkey intelligence on their roads?


I am bit skeptical, with such a large US airbase thier, can Iranian intelligence officials roam and police the streets, will uncle allow this?

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby IndraD » 08 May 2020 16:09

Qatar mouthpiece Al Jazeera calls it disinformation campaign https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/ ... 25356.html

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby ricky_v » 16 Jun 2020 05:41

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/06/lebanon-protests-dollar-inflation-exchange-rate-central-bank.html
, thousands of Lebanese from all walks of life and sects poured into the streets of Beirut and nearly every other major city in Lebanon the night of June 11. They set fire to banks, blocked roads and voiced deep frustrations with the political establishment backing Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government over the Lebanese pound’s reported drop of around 25% in value on the parallel market against the dollar in the previous two days.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby sanjaykumar » 16 Jun 2020 05:51

Same old same old. The Lebanese have been braining each other for 45 years. Very sophisticated people, as they like to think.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby ricky_v » 25 Jun 2020 08:47

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/06/gulf-state-gcc-exodus-saudi-arabia-wokers-uae-kuwait.html
Now, as the outflow of educated professionals also begins, their exodus carries risks for Middle Eastern economies, as many lucrative economic sectors could virtually collapse. Having few locals with the experience or education needed to replace skilled professionals, serious management issues may arise in the days ahead.

First, most of the GCC states have long-term economic policies known as “Visions.” To execute these long-term plans, highly skilled professionals are essential — and even as the larger Gulf states started getting involved in more development projects, the requirement shifted from low-skilled labor to a high-skilled foreign workforce. Nowadays, the focus is on attracting high-skilled expats while low-skilled migrants are being reduced to provide jobs for locals.

Second, the Gulf states would face losses in taxation. Having introduced a 5% value-added tax

In the UAE alone, 900,000 jobs would be lost, according to estimates by Oxford Economics. Considering that the country has a population of 9.6 million, this would be 10% of its residents.

Basically, only foreigners who invest are welcome, and as Kuwaiti parliament member Safa al-Hashem said, expats should “pay even for the air they breathe.” Oman has also ordered state companies to speed up local employment under its "Omanisation" plan, while Jordan already gave its 800,000 migrants a deadline to leave the country under a “Jordanians first” bid.


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